2016 ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media
The application period has now passed for this seminar. Details about the 2017 program are here.
The ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy, taking place the week of May 1, 2016, at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, is a transformative, tuition-free leadership program to train digital media’s best and brightest women.
The interactive, week-long academy will focus on critical leadership skills specific to digital media for the industry’s next generation of women leaders. Sessions will explore developing effective management styles; understanding journalism business models; navigating newsroom and digital culture; building entrepreneurial collaborative teams; managing across differences; and coaching critical thinking. The program will be structured to encourage open, candid discussion and mentoring, and participants will walk away with not only strong leadership skills, but a built-in support system for the future. All participants will get one-on-one coaching, seek and analyze 360 feedback, and create a personal leadership strategy.
Past Leadership Academy members will return as guest faculty, including:
- Masuma Ahuja, social apps producer, CNN Digital
- Kari Cobham, senior manager of digital content for Cox Media Group TV
- Meghann Farnsworth, managing director, distribution, operations and engagement at Reveal
- Elite Truong, product manager, partner platforms at Vox Media, Inc.
Other visiting faculty include:
- Jennifer Brandel, founder and CEO of Hearken
- Amy O’Leary, editorial director of Upworthy
- Will Neville-Rehbehn, director, talent brand and marketing, Prudential Financial
- Charo Henriquez, executive digital editor of People en Español
- Sisi Wei, news applications developer at ProPublica
Poynter and ONA faculty include:
- Katie Hawkins-Gaar, digital innovation faculty, The Poynter Institute
- Butch Ward, senior faculty, The Poynter Institute
- Jane McDonnell, executive director, Online News Association
- Trevor Knoblich, digital director, Online News Association
- Kristen Hare, reporter for Poynter.org, The Poynter Institute
This video offers a glimpse into the 2015 program. Some members of the previous class will return as guest faculty for the 2016 program.
Poynter and ONA will convene a group of 28 U.S.-based women that represents need and diversity across ethnicity, geography, technology platforms, organization size and skill sets. Because of the small size of the class, the selection committee will give preference to emerging leaders currently working in digital media who can demonstrate an aptitude and potential for leadership through current projects and references.
The ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy had a three-part application process. Requirements included previous work history, an example of a digital project the applicant has worked on, a short bio, a reference letter, and a photo of themselves. The application deadline was at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Thanks to the generous support of the McClatchy Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Google and craigconnects, tuition for the academy is free. Participants will cover their own travel costs. However, a limited number of travel stipends will be available and will be determined once the application process is completed.
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Who Will Benefit:
Digital Innovation Faculty
Social Apps Producer, CNN
CEO and Co-founder, Hearken
Senior Manager of Digital Content, Cox Media Group TV
Managing Director, Reveal
Executive Digital Editor for People en Español, Time Inc.
Director of Talent Brand & Marketing, Prudential Financial
Editorial Director, Upworthy
Product Manager, Partner Platforms, Vox Media, Inc.
News Applications Developer, ProPublica